Definition of elasipod in English:

elasipod

noun

Zoology
  • An aberrant deep-water sea cucumber that lacks a respiratory tree. Most live on the seabed and have appendages resembling legs, while some swim by means of webbed papillae.

    Order Elasipodida, class Holothuroidea

    ‘Many specimens of the elasipod holothurian Penilpidia ludwigi were found among the swimmers captured by several sediment traps moored above the seafloor.’
    ‘There is no caecum except in the elasipods which possess a rectal pocket.’

Origin

Late 19th century from modern Latin Elasipoda, from Greek elasmos ‘beaten metal’ + pous, pod- ‘foot’.

Pronunciation

elasipod

/ɪˈlasɪpɒd/